UPDATE 5-Cathay plane escorted to Vancouver after "bomb hoax"

(Adds Cathay statement)

VANCOUVER, May 15 (BestGrowthStock) – A Cathay Pacific airliner
from Hong Kong was escorted by military fighter jets to its
destination in Vancouver, Canada, after what the airline called
a “bomb hoax”, but no bomb was found, police said on Saturday.

Police searched the aircraft and luggage after the flight
landed at Vancouver International Airport, but “nothing of
concern” was found and there was no danger to passengers,
according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Two Canadian CF-18 Hornets were scrambled from a military
base on nearby Vancouver Island to escort the Cathay Pacific
Airways plane in response to the threat, according to police
and the Hong Kong-based airline.

“The Vancouver Airport Authority had earlier received an
anonymous bomb threat,” Cathay said in a written statement.

“As a precaution, two military jets escorted the CX838 as
it came into land. The jets did not land with CX838, but
returned to their base,” it added.

“The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are conducting an
investigation into the bomb hoax and at this stage it is
inappropriate for us to comment any further,” Cathay added.

The flight had 272 passengers and 14 crew on board.

Police did not release details on the threat, but a
spokeswoman for Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Authority said the
bomb threat had been made by phone.

No arrests have been made and passengers were allowed to
leave the aircraft after it landed safely.

The A340 aircraft was parked at a secure area of the
airport for a “thorough security search” and screening of
baggage, before being cleared, the airline said.

“They told us there was some sort of terrorist problem and
the baggage would be held up,” an unidentified male passenger
told Canada’s CTV News after disembarking.

When asked if he was aware that the flight had been
escorted by military jets into Vancouver, another male
passenger said: “No, no idea. That’s news to me.”
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(Reporting Allan Dowd; Additional reporting in Hong Kong by
Don Durfee, James Pomfret and Saikat Chatterjee; Editing by
Sandra Maler and Jerry Norton)

UPDATE 5-Cathay plane escorted to Vancouver after “bomb hoax”